Published on August 9th, 2006 | by Jules Yap


how to make your own swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs recipe

well, this isn’t a hack but i was a tad hungry. so here you go – the recipe for meatballs with cream sauce

how to make your own meatballs:

  • 250gm minced beef
  • 250gm minced pork
  • 1 egg
  • 200-300ml cream and water (or milk and water)
  • 2.5 tbsp. finely-chopped onion
  • 50ml unsweetened rusk flour
  • 2 cold boiled potatoes
  • 4-5 tbsps butter, margarine or oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. heat the onion till golden in a couple of tablespoons of lightly browned butter.
  2. mash the potatoes and moisten the rusk flour in a little water.
  3. mix all the ingredients until there is consistency and flavour generously with salt, white pepper and (optional) a little finely crushed allspice.
  4. use a pair of spoons to shape the mixture into relatively large, round balls and transfer to a floured chopping board.
  5. fry them slowly in plenty of butter.

how to make the cream sauce:

  • 100ml cream
  • 200ml beef stock
  • chinese soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp white flour
  • salt, white pepper


  1. swirl the boiling water or beef stock in a pan.
  2. add cream and thicken with white flour if preferred.
  3. season well with salt and pepper.
  4. serve the meatballs with the sauce, freshly boiled potatoes, uncooked lingonberry jam and salad.


recipe taken from ikea’s real swedish food book

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36 Responses to how to make your own swedish meatballs

  1. Amanda says:

    ???? I thought the meatballs at all Ikea Stores were now Vegan after the whole horsemeat incident? Whatever happened to that? . .. and I’d much rather see a Vegan version recipe!

  2. Dennis says:

    Even the us swedes loves the meatballs at Ikea. And its even more fun to read the posts above. The most accurate one is the one that tells you that there are as many recepies(??) as there are households in sweden. Heres my tips for easy swedish meatballs. Onions and breadcrums. thats the secret ingredients. In my family we never use measurements, we just wing it. The most important thing is to let the breadcrums swell in the cream with the egg(s) stiring it around so theres no lumps. Make lots and then cook them on pans in the oven. Make sure they´re proper cooked. (Brown inside)Use onions, salt and pepper for the flavour. A hint(dash??) of cinnamon is an old housewife tip. In my family we love lots of onions in them and a real taste of pepper. If you make lots, like 3-4 kg and make them in the oven. Its easy to freeze them, take them out when needed and as much as you gonna need and then fry them in a friyngpan on the stove. That will get you that lovely surface and a really nice taste. And the best part. Theres more in the freezer for next time. Mashed potatoes, cream(brownsauce)sauce and lingonberrys. Thats nice. The soysauce earlyer in the posts are not real soysace. In sweden theres a product that wrongly are called soy (soja) but are really a kind of colouringproduct that makes the sauce as brown as you like.

    I know what we are going to eat tonight in my family thanks to this post:-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    You forgot to add the horse meat for that special flavour! :) I loved Ikea meatballs until I found out they had horse on it, and they weren’t telling us.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Someone is always complaining about something!

    I used bits of each recipe but also added a dash of worcestershire sauce

    will have it again!

  5. Anonymous says:

    i actually love ikea meatballs i have them every time i go to ikea and i love cooking so now i can do both!! whoo! xx

  6. Anonymous says:

    i love how arguments even spring up on an ikea recipe. oh dear

  7. Anonymous says:

    You can use half and half

  8. Emily Ann says:

    I live in the U.S…Is “cream” the same as “heavy cream” or is it more like “half and half”?

  9. Mia111 says:

    Im going to make this one but Im not sure about mushed potatoes…
    Is it side menu or mixi with ground beef and pork?
    I make meat balls and hamburg steaks sometime but I never put potatoes in so I am not sure about it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    im guessing that’s supposed to say ‘Chinese soy sauce?’

  11. Divemaster says:

    I allways saw it at tv in movies they eat a lot of meatballs and i think you made me think to make some too.

  12. You are wrong :) it is a hack , this kind of meal is hacking your sense and making you feel :D taste pleasure ^_^

  13. Used Laptops says:

    I never heard of swedish meatballs until i visited ikea, and i have to say the are delicious. However italian meatballs are my personal favourite

  14. Eileen Lee says:

    I have loved those Swedish Meatballs ever since I had them at Ikea. I don’t really like their furniture that much. It is a bargain, but I prefer expensive furniture that lasts) but I go there for the food and the coffee. Plus iKea is just a fun place.

  15. Andy says:

    oh my… looks really good, i am sure the meatballs are as good as ikea’s !

  16. Anders says:

    Go with any recipe you like, but be sure to include some freshly pestled allspice for that traditional Swedish taste.

    I also think most home cooking recipes would say breadcrumbs (soaked in the milk/cream and egg) rather than potatoes. But anytyhing goes :-)

  17. Anonymous says:

    But where does the soya sauce come into it??? On ingredients list but not within recipe.

  18. I never had an interest in Swedish Meatballs til I saw the stunning Victoria Silvestedt making them on TV… :D
    Thanks, I’ll be making these and posting my results here!

  19. rebecka says:

    My english is pretty poor but this is how I (swedish girl) make my meatballs:

    400 gr minced beef
    1 chopped onion (or less if you think it’s too much)
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons cream
    spices (different from time to time but often just salt and pepper)

    It’s very easy, you can make hamburgers and “salisbury steaks” with feta cheese and pressed garlic, greek-style. Add whatever you want and like.

  20. Anonymous says:

    sigh… I think there’s too much liquid in this recipe. I did as stated and I got a mushy puke like looking solution in a pan. Good thing it tasted ok after cooking it for a long time till some liquid evaporated. Still manage to create the meatballs which tasted like shepherd’s pie…

    It’s not clear if the minced meat are to be mixed in the pan with the rest or outside the pan with the fried onions and mashed potatoes?

  21. Swedish Chef says:

    Traditional recipee:

    75 ml [oatmeal] 1/3 cup
    1 tbsp [potatoe flour]
    100 ml [water] 3.5 fl oz
    50 ml [cream] 2 fl oz
    1 [egg]
    1 tbsp [finely grated onion]
    black pepper
    300 g [minced beef] 10.5 oz
    100 g [minced pork] 3.5 oz

    Mix oatmeal, potatoe flour, water and cream; and let it soak for 10 minutes.

    Add egg and onions; and season with salt, black pepper and allspice.

    Bring the minced meat into the batter and work it into a smooth mixture.

    Shape your meatballs by rolling a small amount of the mixture between your palms. (Moisten your hands with water to keep the mixture from sticking to your palms.)

    Fry meatballs in plenty of butter.

  22. Jules says:

    Anon, I’m sure Ikea at KD has only halal food in their cafe. :)

  23. Jules says:

    Anon, I’m sure Ikea at KD has only halal food in their cafe. :)

  24. Anonymous says:

    wait, is the swedish meatballs at ikea kota damansara is also made of pork?

  25. Rumela says:

    These swedish meatball recipe sounds great and looks even better. I am going to make them on my next party. It will be a crowd pleaser.

  26. Aparna says:

    Yummy its look delicious.

  27. swedish chick says:

    My family quite often bakes meatballs in the oven, if we have to make a lot. They brown evenly that way, and there’s no problem with them sticking to the bottom of the pan or over-browning.

  28. Anonymous says:


    Spoken like an intolerant idiot who assumes anyone who doesn’t share his viewpoint is a “blissfully unaware American”, even though the original commenter made no clue to his nationality.

    And the SI (you know… international) standard for “gramme” is “g” and “millilitre” is “ml”. I guess that makes me an American, no matter where I live, right?

  29. Mike says:

    @Units Lover:

    Spoken like an American who is blissfully unaware that other cultures and measuring systems/abbreviations exist outside the U.S. The liquid measurements in “ml” should have been your first clue.

  30. Anonymous says:

    hummm … so good :-)

  31. Units Lover says:

    The unit symbol for grams is “g” not “gm”.

  32. Katie says:

    I bought the recipe book, and im going to cook them tonight

  33. stiftet says:

    There are as many recipies as there are mothers in sweden, the one above is as god as anyone else. Just remember to fry slowly and gently shake the pan to keep them round.

  34. Esther says:

    For the finicky Swedish, check out this web page for a recipe for köttbullar. Apparently, there are many recipes, no two exactly the same.

  35. Christy says:

    Then how do you make it, grafstroem? Any recipes or links to suggest?

  36. Grafström says:

    That is not how you make köttbullar.

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